Fundraising Team

Jason Briggs, Director of Fundraising

Jason joined Cavendish as Director of Fundraising at the start of 2018, leaving behind a role in fundraising consulting. His previous experience consists of fundraising intelligence roles, as well managing a social enterprise. He is also a Trustee of a number of charities. In 2016 he led a team at The University of Sheffield to win an Insight in Fundraising Award, and in 2017 was personally awarded the CASE Europe Iain More Award for ‘emerging development professional’. Jason was attracted to Cavendish by its emphasis on inner well being during a cancer diagnosis. In 2013 he lost his father to cancer who lived in an area of France where there was no professional emotional or psychological support. Having seen the difference such services can make, Jason is dedicated to seeing Cavendish thrive so anyone can access such beneficial services.


Jonny Cole, Fundraising Manager

Jonny came to Cavendish Cancer Care to help out for a month in 2006 after getting involved with us through a corporate partner and never left. After meeting so many people that Cavendish Care has made a significant difference to he feels passionately about the care we provide. He is married to Jenny and is Father to Jack and in his (limited) spare time enjoys playing for Rotherham Hockey Club as a goalkeeper.

Talk to Jonny about…
– Taking on a challenge to fundraise for Cavendish (e.g. a marathon)
– Running your own fundraising event
– Donating stamps

Claudia Downs, Individual Giving & Communications Officer

Claudia came to study at the University of Sheffield in 2015. By the time she graduated in 2018, she had grown to love the city and knew she wanted to stay here and contribute to its vibrant and caring community. She has been a freelance music journalist and editor for three years and, going forward, was keen to channel her creativity into helping a good cause. She loves having the opportunity to capture the heart of Cavendish, tell the stories of the people we meet, and share this with the public.

Talk to Claudia about…
– Communications and Social Media
– Leaving a Legacy gift
– Regular Giving (e.g. becoming a monthly donor)

Emma Draper, Senior Development Manager

Emma’s role is to support the development and continued sustainability of the charity through key relationships and meaningful partnerships. Her background is in executive recruitment, with the majority of her career spent with an international search firm, and in more recent years as Director of Search & Selection for a regional recruitment business in Sheffield.

Emma made the decision to change career direction as she feels incredibly passionate about the work of Cavendish and the impact it has on people’s lives. Her sister was diagnosed with terminal cancer at the age of 26, and the emotional support and access to therapies that her sister had made a significant difference to her quality of life, emotional strength and pain management. This enabled her to live her life to the fullest despite what she was facing. Emma understands first-hand how hard it can be to care for, and lose, a loved one, and how important it is to have access to the right support. She is driven by both personal experience, and a desire to help others contribute to the sustainability and growth of the charity, in turn improving the lives of more people in our region.

Talk to Emma about…
– Supporting Cavendish projects
– Creating an ongoing partnership with the charity

Chloe Janes, Events Officer

Chloe joined the team in early 2017 after finishing her degree in Events Management. She is originally from Bedfordshire but now lives in our wonderful city of Sheffield. She looks after all the fundraising events at the charity and also supports corporate groups, along with the local community, who want to fundraise for the charity. She brings energy, enthusiasm and a host of new event ideas to Cavendish. In her spare time, she enjoys socialising with friends she met at university, trying new restaurants and bars and heading to the gym.

Talk to Chloe about…
– Purchasing tickets for upcoming events
– Hosting your own event
– Having a collection box in your organisation

Lauren Kirk, Events Assistant

Lauren joined the Cavendish team at the beginning of June 2018 as the Fundraising Events Assistant. She will be continuing her Degree in Events and Tourism Management at Sheffield Hallam University and is looking forward to graduating in 2019. She assists with event management for Cavendish and thoroughly enjoys being a part of the charities fundraising team. She looks forward to continuing to be part of the charity and finding new events for the charity supporters to get involved with. Lauren enjoys attending music events and festivals in her spare time along with socialising in general, keeping fit and trying new things.

Jake Mason, Fundraising Researcher & Insight Analyst

Jake came to Cavendish in July 2018 as a Research and Insight Analyst. His core role is to provide data on prospective donors to help the team understand how we can expand the charity and offer our services to ever more people. Away from Cavendish, Jake is a PhD Researcher at the University of Sheffield, where he investigates how social networks underpin the production of propaganda in contemporary conflicts. Among other things, Jake enjoys cycling in his free time. Although, after growing up on the Cheshire plain, he is still getting used to quite how many hills there are in Sheffield.

Mike Sawkins, Trusts & Insight Manager

Mike first joined Cavendish Cancer Care in 2015 after several years spent carrying out biomedical research in the UK and Ireland. What he enjoys most about working here is being able to see on a daily basis the difference that our support makes to local families as a reminder of why he wanted to make that change. He briefly left us at the end of 2016 but rejoined the team in February 2018 and quickly felt as if he’d never been away! He focuses on securing funding from trusts and foundations as well as working to understand and demonstrate the impact of our work. At home Mike loves to cook and is especially happy when baking bread and sweet treats for himself and his family.

Talk to Mike about…
– Charitable trusts and foundations
– Learning more about the difference we make
– Abseiling

Andy Shields, Corporate Relationships Manager

Andy joined Cavendish in June 2018, but his fundraising career began in 1997 when he volunteered for a Bakewell-based charity, learned basic Kiswahili and spent three months working in rural Tanzania. Since then he has worked in a variety of roles in the private and nonprofit sectors. His highlights have been four years managing face-to-face fundraising teams, five years working with volunteers at the Cystic Fibrosis Trust and, more recently, four years in a major gifts role at the University of Nottingham.

He is married to Ruth, a teacher, and has three children, Ferdy, Joe and Nancy. He likes sports, particularly football, and most things to do with the outdoors. He joined Cavendish because he loves what the charity does and the “warm but professional” feel to the place. If your company is interested in working with Cavendish, Andy and the team are friendly, efficient and highly experienced in running, cycling, bag packing and skydiving. We also have cakes; too many to eat ourselves, so please do get in touch.

Talk to Andy about…
– Corporate charity partnerships
– Fundraising at work
– Joining #TeamCav with your colleagues